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  • Blog Post: CPU/Memory Monitors – Include Top Processes in Alert Description

    Here is a Management Pack that I wrote for a customer a while back. The requirement was to take the alerting for CPU Utilization and Available Memory from the Windows Server Management Pack and add the top 5 processes consuming CPU/Memory to the Alert Description. The MP that I wrote for this is attached...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Group of Windows Computer and Health Service Watcher Objects

    There are a lot of great blogs out there that discuss creating various types of groups ( Kevin Holman and Jonathan Almquist have a number of them), and the stuff that I do in this post won’t be anything that hasn’t been written about before, but I wanted to have one spot to cover the questions...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Full Text Search Service Monitor

    This issue is described in the SQL Server Management Pack Guide, but I wanted to blog it since I’ve seen a couple customers hit it. In the current version of the SQL Server Management Pack (version 6.0.6559.0), we have a monitor for the SQL Server Full Text Search Service which is targeted at the...
  • Blog Post: SQL Agent Job Discovery not working?

    The SQL Server Management Pack includes an option to discover and monitor SQL Server Agent Jobs for SQL 2000/2005/2008. The Discovery for this is disabled by default: I ran into an issue recently where all Agent Jobs for specific SQL Servers were not being discovered. Examining the event logs on...
  • Blog Post: Noisy DBCC Rule in the SQL Management Pack

    The SQL Server Management Pack has a rule, targeted at SQL 2000/2005/2008 DB Engine named “DBCC executed found and repaired errors”.  This rule monitors for Event ID 8957 in the Application Log, logged by the SQL Service.  Here is the criteria for the rule:   The problem with this is that...
  • Blog Post: Configuring or Disabling Replication Monitoring in the Active directory Management pack

    The latest version of the Active Directory Management Pack (ADMP) – version 6.0.6452.0 – contains some significant changes to Replication Monitoring.  The basic premise is the same, but the Rules and Monitors used have changed a bit. Here’s a quick overview of how Replication Monitoring works: Each...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 Synthetic Transactions against clustered Mailbox Servers may stop working

    Are you using the new Exchange 2007 Management Pack? Are you configuring the CAS and/or Mailflow synthetic transcactions? Are any of your target Mailbox servers clustered? If so, then you’ll want to verify that these transactions are actually running…and be sure to check it at least 12 hours after setting...
  • Blog Post: ADMP – Workaround for Some Broken Win2k8 Rules

    In a previous blog post, I provided an “Addendum” MP to fix some Rules that do not work correctly in the Windows Server 2008 version of the Active Directory Management Pack. All of these Rules have been fixed in the latest version of the ADMP (version 6.0.7670.0 )…so if you’ve...